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I have a 1999 V 70 XC which was manufactured in 10/08. I am looking to improve the handling. I was wondering if anyone had suggestions. I know IPD carries both. Strut tower doesn't seem bad for $170-$190.. Would just replacing the rear sway bar be enough and does anyone know where to just buy a good rear sway bar? Any help would be great. Thanks<p>Joseph
 

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Re: Aftermarket Sway bar and tower strut bar (jdpannell)

You need to replace<B> BOTH</B> bars,<br> the IPD bars are <B>THE best single handling upgrade</B> you can do on any Volvo<br>You will have 50% less lean in corners!<p>I don't care for IPD's strut brace (I prefer Volvos own brace, pricey, or an OMP brace) but on an XC it's really not all that necessary as it's not a super handling car because of the tall ride height.
 

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Re: Aftermarket Sway bar and tower strut bar (JRL)

Switching out a rear sway bar is not easy, and I believe you do not have a tower strut bar at present. So maybe just do the front end of the car. Volvo has three rear sway bars best described as thin, thicker, and thickest. A recycler might have one for you.
 

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Re: Aftermarket Sway bar and tower strut bar (sony2000)

Swapping out a rear bar only will give you some serious understeer, the car's ends will not match and the suspension will not balanc out.<br>(trust me I've tried this)
 

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Re: Aftermarket Sway bar and tower strut bar (JRL)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Swapping out a rear bar only will give you some serious understeer, the car's ends will not match and the suspension will not balanc out.<br>(trust me I've tried this)</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Installing a larger rear will bar will increase over-steer, not under-steer.<p>And you forgot the "e" on "balance".<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Aftermarket Sway bar and tower strut bar (Runamok)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Runamok</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Installing a larger rear will bar will increase over-steer, not under-steer.<p>And you forgot the "e" on "balance".<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><br>On other cars perhaps but I removed a broken rear sway bar on an XC and it got some serious oversteer with no rear bar<br>(I thought the same, perhaps this car reacts a bit differently).<br>Regardless the OP should change BOTH bars
 

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i have the ipd sway bars. got em of course to take the lean out of the corners but mainly when i have the car loaded with gear for weekend excursions. it does the trick. my old issue, is my older ipd bar goes through the poly bushings on a regular note and have to be replaced from time to time. i think newer bars have dealt with this issue..
 

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Re: Aftermarket Sway bar and tower strut bar (JRL)

I agree, both bars or don't bother. They are designed to work in unison. Using one not the other makes no practical sense.<p>You can also get TME AWD spring set from Europe if you really want to improve overall handling.<p><IMG SRC="http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c190/huseinholland/CarMods/V70XCloweredTMEsprings0007.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c190/huseinholland/cars%20cats%20houses/volvo_club_of_america_2009_volvo_pi.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>I have the OMP brace also - I would do that last - it makes the least difference<p>
 
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